Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

Time Lord Victorious: the UNIT Field Logs; and The Knight, the Fool and the Dead, by Steve Cole

In the absence of televised Who, the BBC and the other main spinoff creators (Big Finish, Titan Comics, etc) are getting together and producing a linked set of stories under the banner Time Lord Victorious which "will tell a new and untold story, set within the Dark Times at the start of the universe, when even the Eternals were young". I'm going to do my best to follow and post about them here as I get through them. Here's the initial teaser trailer:

The start is not all that promising - a series of four short videos in which UNIT is mysteriously assailed by a Time Fracture. Here they are. (No credits for the actors or writers or directors.)

More digestibly, the next installment that I got to is the first of several new novels - Stephen Cole's The Knight, the Fool and the Dead. The second paragraph of the third chapter is:
And was he aiming for the robot, thought the Doctor, or for me?
The book brings the Tenth Doctor, just after anointing himself as "Time Lord Victorious" in The Waters of Mars, to the earliest stages of the universe, a time before death, where he encounters Brian the Ood assassin, a girl called Estinee, and the mortality-inducing Kotturah, who the Doctor needs to deal with. Cole is one of the better Who writers out there, and I think this is an excellent launch for the entire Time Lord Victorious sequence - I see other keener reviewers regretting that they did not read it before other installments, so I guess the answer is to do as I did and read it first. You can get it here.
Tags: bookblog 2020, doctor who, doctor who: 10, writer: stephen cole

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